Mourdock stepping down as Indiana treasurer

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, file photo, Indiana treasurer and former Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock pauses as he speaks to supporters at an Indiana Republican Party, in Indianapolis. Mourdock has resigned four months before the end of his term. Mourdock announced his departure Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, saying he wanted to pursue other professional interests. The two-term state treasurer was barred by state law from seeking a third term. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, file photo, Indiana treasurer and former Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock pauses as he speaks to supporters at an Indiana Republican Party, in Indianapolis. Mourdock has resigned four months before the end of his term. Mourdock announced his departure Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, saying he wanted to pursue other professional interests. The two-term state treasurer was barred by state law from seeking a third term. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – State Treasurer Richard Mourdock has resigned. He left office Friday more than four months before the end of his second term.

Mourdock, a Republican, submitted his resignation to Governor Mike Pence on Thursday. It came as a complete surprise to Pence, who chose Daniel Huge of the Indiana Finance Authority to be a short-term replacement.

A source told 24-Hour News 8 Mourdock cited changes in a state retirement plan that would reduce his benefits if he stayed in office past August 31.

It’s a move that leaves a sour taste in the mouths of a number of taxpayers who criticized Mourdock on Twitter.

His legacy, however, will be forever tied to his defeat of Richard Lugar in the 2012 GOP Primary for U.S. Senate, a win that led to his own defeat by Democrat Joe Donnelly in November of that year.

That loss was attributed to controversial remarks that Mourdock made regarding rape and abortion. He sparked controversy again this summer with a Nazi reference in a speech to the state GOP Convention.

The GOP now has three statewide officeholders who were appointed to fill vacancies.

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